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by Val Patterson
Solebury and Buckingham townships have seen some significant equestrian properties purchased in the past few years by buyers who now actively use the properties for agriculture rather than horses. What had been Fashion Farms, a 190-acre property off Windy Bush Road, sold in 2018 for $8,000,000 to Elk Farm Three LLC, based in Montgomery County. The 42-acre Gateshead Farm and an adjacent 42-acre parcel along Meetinghouse Road in Solebury sold for approximately $6,400,000 in 2016. These farms are now used, at least in part, to raise grass-fed beef.
Elm Grove Farm on 75 acres in Buckingham Township is yet another farm-estate property with a rich equestrian heritage that also offers great potential for a buyer with organic agricultural interests. While you don’t have to be as wealthy as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey to purchase Elm Grove, you definitely need an estate mindset to see the possibilities this property offers. Well before the American Revolution, Elm Grove began with a stone settler’s cottage (fascinating to see such early structures) and grew to include a c. 1700 stone manor house with later additions, a carriage house, barns, workshops and extensive stables once used Mrs. Adele Paxson for breeding champion thoroughbreds. The land has been organically maintained by the present owner and with a small stream and acres of level fields, the views are spectacular.
The structures were restored and updated by the present owner. The scale of the main residence’s rooms and the height of its ceilings are indicative of the wealth that has long been a part of the property. The carriage house is updated and makes a comfortable guest, in-law or caretaker home. The barns provide 14 stalls along with workshop and storage space galore. Contact listing agent Hellen Cannon for more information: email@example.com. Elm Grove is now offered at $4,850,000.